Beat Calling Stations

These insanely profitable adjustments were tested by Ryan Fee in the Upswing Lab training course. He played 10,000 hands at $0.25/$0.50, taking a break every 2,000 hands to analyze the sample and come up with winning adjustments.

Theoretically, this is a great overbet bluff spot for Fee. The board is heavy favors Fee’s range, he holds a blocker to the nut straight (pengeluaran sgp), and he doesn’t block the missed spade flush draw.

But these reasons are irrelevant if his opponent still won’t fold third-pair. The silver lining is that he learned his opponent is a calling station, and so he could ease up on bluffing versus this player as a counter-strategy.

The broader lesson to be learned here is to pay close attention to how your opponents play, and in particular, take note of what hands they showdown. Gathering information is key to making certain adjustments against your opponents. If you want to learn some showdown-based adjustments, read this article.

Of course, calling stations do fold sometimes, so mixing in the occasional bluff in especially prime spots is fine. This has the added benefit of maintaining your image as a potential buffer, which makes it more likely you get paid off when you’re value betting. If you never bluff, then you are the one who becomes easy to exploit.

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